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Sunday 17 December 2017
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Losing Your Hair is Like Losing Your Best Friend! by Aaron O’Bryan, Kearns & Co Hair Salon

Losing Your Hair Is Like Losing Your Best Friend

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.33.45 PMThinking of your hair ladies as your best friend I’m sure is a good way to describe most women’s favourite accessory and mainly because its something I find women do worry about everyday. As you lovely ladies age gracefully like a wonderful bottle of red wine your hair tends to suffer slightly and isn’t as full as it once was due to hormones. Women tend to lose hair throughout the head, not in one place like men generally do which is called male pattern baldness.

Listening to clients every day explaining to me how every morning they check their hair and are convinced they are losing their lovely locks more and more each and every moment. Some people might think this isn’t a big issue, but let me explain that nearly every women I speak to in the salon and even a lot of men go through the exact same thing. It makes them feel anxious that they losing their looks, which in turn most women and even men lose confidence and I really feel for everyone going through this. Don’t worry my friends there are options and me being in this industry have tried nearly every one of them

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 3.04.57 PMAsk A Professional

First things first, when your freaking yourself out in the shower and think all your hair is falling down the drain, make a trip to your family doctor and see if there is actually a problem. There are so many reasons for hair loss, so check with the doc to see exactly where the problem lies. It is not always what you think or what you might have been checking up on the internet, so don’t drive yourself crazy. A few examples for hair loss in women can be change in hormones, stress, lack of nutrition, pregnancy and even medications. In men unfortunately it is mainly due to male pattern baldness.

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 3.27.55 PMLittle Hair Miracles

A few little tips from yours truly and trust me I’ve tried most of them, some may help and you can scream from the rooftops that your hair might eventually come back. There are different things you can try that may work and in some cases they don’t, medications can also have side effects so be careful. Always check any advice given with your Doctor.

 

Nutrition:  When trying to save your locks nutrition has a big part to play so make sure you are eating a balanced healthy diet and getting all the nutrients you need. These are a small list of foods which can keep your hair at its best.

  • Salmon – Rich in protein and vitamin D which are key in promoting stronger healthier hair.
  • Walnuts– These bad boys contain Biotin and vitamin E and also contain omega-3 fatty acids. All in which help in the aid of saving your locks.
  • Eggs– Are full of protein and have key minerals like zinc, sulfur and iron. Iron plays a major roll as it helps cells carry the oxygen to the hair follicles.
  • Spinach– This has iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C which helps keep hair healthy and scalp oils circulating.

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 3.22.08 PMTake Care Of Your Locks

So my lovely ladies, stop using cheap shampoo and conditioner as it does matter. Treat your hair like you treat your best friend or partner, “WITH LOVE AND RESPECT”. Salon shampoos work a treat and keep your scalp healthy, and don’t be scared ask your hairdresser for advice. Its their profession and trust me they love to help.

In my view I’m a big fan of sulphate free shampoos as sulphates can dry out your hair and scalp. There are shampoos out there that help with hair growth and prevent further hair loss and to give the illusion your hair has more body. One of my favourite is Bain Stimuliste in the Kerastase range which targets thinning hair making it look more fabulous and full. Even take a trip to your nearest health store and look for shampoos containing biotin which is know to help with hair issues, one of my favourites is Mill Creek Biotin Shampoo which gives thicker fuller hair naturally. There are so many options out there my friends so do your research.

If you are using products like dry shampoo and hair spray make sure you wash it out with a clear cleansing shampoo as you don’t wanna block up those pores, otherwise your poor little hair has nowhere to go. Massage your shampoo into your scalp for a minute, distressing and creating a blood flow, which stimulates hair growth. Apply this rule to your husband or boyfriend’s routine as well as it is also a big help to keep their flowing locks growing.

Minoxidil/Rogaine

Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. This product is to be used once a day and for men twice a day morning and night. Its a good product and does exactly what it says on the tin. The only downfall is this bad boy is a bit more expensive than some other options out there but its well worth it. There is a specific one out there for you ladies, so make sure you only buy the rogaine for women you can even check it out at www.womensrogaine.com it also gives complete application details.

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 3.43.06 PMFinasteride/Proscar For Men Only

Finasteride/proscar is used to treat male pattern hair loss in men only, so ladies don’t touch this stuff. Treatment provides about thirty percent improvement in hair loss after six months of the treatment, and only works as long as you keep taking the drug. I absolutely noticed a major difference with this tablet and it was way more affordable than other options but I was one of the unlucky ones who lost his sex drive which is definitely not worth the risk in my book, but its only a small percentage that suffer from this.


Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation is a technique that moves each hair from a part of the head called the donor site and then placed to the part of the head, which is balding. It is mainly used to treat male pattern baldness but more and more women are going down this root to replace there once large mane of hair.

This is the end of my rant on how to take care of your best friend on your head. Treat it well and it won’t run away. Don’t forget its not the end of the world if you lose your hair. Embrace it and work it girl, keep your head up high and remember you own it.

by Aaron O’Bryan, Head Colour Technician, Kearns & Co.




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